The Madrid World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace is a meeting place for local leaders, international organisations and networks, the academic world, NGOs and civil society. Its purpose is to open a joint process of debate, reflection and construction of common solutions that foster urban environments capable of eliminating expressions of violence.
In 2017, Madrid launched this initiative which aims to become a permanent global event to mark the commitment of cities to peace. This year, the 2nd World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace will be held at Matadero Madrid, from 5th to 8th November 2018.
Cities are the main spaces for meeting and exchange in our societies and to interact with people, groups, companies, ideas and values. However, they are also spaces where inequalities are generated and where various types of violence proliferate.
Local authorities have a growing framework for action that may help prevent and transform conflicts and reduce violence. The success or failure of the future of the humanity passes, to a large extent, through cities. A good example of this is the recent adoption of the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, in which cities are a key element.
- Paris World Council Resolution, United Cities and Local Governments: Cities and local governments have the duty, the responsibility, to work for Peace, against violence as a means of conflict resolution, and to strengthen education for Peace as an instrument of coexistence and future welfare.
- 2015-2030 Sustainable Development Goals, United Nations General Assembly: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (GOAL 11); and Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective and accountable institutions at all levels (GOAL 16)